Sunday, May 10, 2009

The cost of visiting Jordan

Our final sector of Levantine wanderings was a week or so in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Infamous on the travel circuit as being expensive, we did not find it to be much more expensive than Syria, apart from the entrance fee at Petra and the cost of the ferry ticket from Aqaba to Nuweiba in Egypt. These two items together made up about half the total cost of travelling in Jordan!

Visa, available at the border - 10JD
Venicia Hotel, Amman - 3JD dorm bed per night (very dirty)
Cliff Hotel, Amman - 8JD dbl room (very clean, helpful and super informative staff)
Felafel Sandwich in Amman - 0.25JD (small)
Shwarma - 1.5JD
Bus to Jerash and v.v. - 0.75JD
Entrance to Jerash - 8JD (we didnt pay)
Bus to Dead Sea - 0.75JD (easy to hitch on from bus stop to beach and back to Amman)
Public beach at Dead Sea - free (private resorts charge around 8JD for day entry)
Bus from Amman to Wadi Musa (Petra) - 3JD
Valentine Inn, Petra - 3JD dorm per night in large dorm
Dinner buffet at Valentine Inn - 4JD, excellent value
Entrance to Petra - 21JD one day (they offer 26JD/31JD 2/3-tickets)
Bus from Petra to Wadi Rum - 5JD, I suspect this was a tourist only service, a public bus should be maximum 3JD
Entrance to Wadi rum area - 2JD (seemingly unlimited stay)
Camping at Wadi Rum Rest House - 2JD per person (3JD p.p. in their tents)
Self-catering in supermarket at Wadi Rum - very reasonable prices, cheaper than Petra
Bus from Wadi Rum to Aqaba - 3JD
Big tasty felafel sandwich - 0.3JD
Taxi from Aqaba town to port - 5JD
Ferry to Nuweiba (Egypt) - 50JD (!!)
Departure tax - 5JD

So, the average per day was around 10JD excluding the Petra entrance and the ferry ticket, 20JD per day including those costs. The easiest thing is to remembe that many things cost 3JD! Also, each JD is divided into 3 decimal places, not 2 as Euros, Dollars or Pounds, therefore 1JD is sometimes written 1.000JD and 0.3JD is written 0.300JD and is stated as "three hundred".

Exchange rate - approx US$1=0.7JD, GBP1=1.1JD

1 comment:

  1. you did very well there, if we had this information before we went, we would've stayed longer and had more pleasant experience there.

    The taxi tout wanted 100 JD from aqaba port to Petra.

    having kids dosen't come cheap sometimes...